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Stroh's - Pabst Brewing Company

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 528
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 46.59%
Wants: 18
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-24-2001

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Photo of ADR
2.42/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah, the "fire brewed" beer of champions...

Light clear gold, slightly darker than straw. Refuge adjunct head of big, thin bubbles and no lace generation. Malty aroma, a little corn husk in character. Flavor profile is based on maltiness, a little Karo syrup non-descript, but fairly smooth and inoffensive. The finish falls down to me, not really hoppy, but a metallic bitterness that might actually indicate that but that's also emphasized by too much CO2 that tends to shove it back up your nasal passages. OK beer, not a favorite. Sorry, proc... ;>)

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Photo of Jon
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As far as American macro-brewed beers are concerned, Stroh's is, in my opinion, among the elite. It pours a pale, straw yellow color with a fluffy white head that disappears way too quickly. Lacing is sparse. The aroma is a mixture of grainy, husky, metallic, and mildly hoppy. There are some hops lingering, to be sure, but a malt character is hard to detect in the nose. The taste is rather mellow and pleasant, with notes of grain, corn, hops, and pale malts. The finish is crisp, fairly clean, and inoffensive. The mouthfeel is fairly prickly and carbonated, but not overly so. This is definitely a drinkable beer, and is a cost-effective lawnmower beer if there was such a thing. It would also work wonderfully for beer-marinated bratwurst on the grill. Give it a try.

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Photo of vitesse
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served in 12 oz. can...

definitely my preferred canned beach beer. nice head retention, smell is slightly metallic, but not too bad. taste is pleasantly hoppy. i actually think that if you did blind taste tests with much more expensive lagers, this one would win. THERE IS FLAVOR!
mouthfeel is a bit watery, but the beer is super duper drinkable.

maybe the best beer you'll find for less than $4 a six pack.

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Photo of Tballz420
2.55/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

As far as beers go that you buy in packs of 30, this isnt the worst one that you can come across. Its pretty much your basic macro brew, but it lacks the extreme shittiness that most of them have. If you are looking for a beer to drink a lot of outside or something along those lines, this would be a decent choice.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark blue can adorned with a golden lion. Manly. Instant points.

As Milwaukee beers go, this must be one of my top three. I'm not going to comment on the color or the head because that's pointless when we're talking about this kind of beer. It's crisp, decent-tasting, and of course, exceedingly drinkable. Only thirteen bucks and change for a 30. Unfortunately, I've only found one store that sells this stuff. But whenever the circumstances call for a light, cheap beer, this one's gonna be it. Mark my words, this stuff is gonna be at the next Superbowl.

On an aside, when I first enjoyed this beer, my buddy and I saw the beer episode of Modern Marvels on the History Channel. Several of the pictures they showed during the program were of guys sitting on barrels of Stroh's. Imagine that. The first time you have Stroh's and there's a bunch of hearty, early 1900's guys sitting on barrels of beer that probably taste a lot better than what you're drinking. Oh well.... Next Superbowl!

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Photo of Realale
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich gold, with a soda-like 2 inch head that very quickly dissipates to nothing but a tiny rim of foam.

Nose is all malt, with a hint of caramel, and a larger earthy hop note. Palate is thin, but quite malty. The hop adds a touch of complexity, but no bitterness. Some caramel sweetness comes out with time. Quick finish.

American lager is certainly not my favorite style, but Stroh's remains my pick among the Megas. Not as tasty as I remember it being, when it was still an independent, but not offensive either.

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Photo of shirfan
3.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being short on cash this week, and having read that this is a fairly decent macro, I picked up a 12-pack for 5.50.

Pours a plain golden, with a wisp of a head that vanishes post haste. But surely, there must be something wrong here... this smells like... beer! A clean, almost smoky malt aroma. Tastes like.... malt, and weak but detectable hops, with no trace of skunk or adjuncts.

Not to get carried away, this is a cheap, thin lager. But it's an exceedingly drinkable cheap, thin lager. Much drier than most corn or rice filled swills, this goes down easy and inoffensive; actually tastes like beer. Cheaper and better than most macros, or even the typical "premium" euro-skunk-lager.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.53/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah, Stroh's..the stuff legends are made of, hehe. Before you go out and try this "beer", answer 4 questions: 1) Do you have a moustache?, 2) Do you have an old Camaro Iroc-Z up on blocks?, 3) Do you roll your cigarettes up in your shirt sleeve, 4) Do you sell methamphetamines to high-school kids?

If you answer yes to any question, then you may proceed to drink.
This beer is actually not too shabby, when compared to most domestic macro-swill. It is brilliantly clear, beautifully golden with peach accents, forming a large sea-foam white head atop medium-sized bubbles. Carbonation is moderate, and retention and lacing are actually pretty good. Ah, the delectable aroma...corn, fertilizer (I'm not kidding!), rubbery dirty hops, alcohol, and memories of throwing up on the beach. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth with a thin body. Taste...begins with fermentation by products, middle is mostly harsh alcohols with lots of sugary sweet corn, and the finish is rubbery hop extract...Licking the lips, one tastes chemical bitterness and feels head retention agents. Delicious!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sentimentality aside, this is still a decent beer. Like many others whose first (1000?) beers were Stroh's "Fire-brewed" beer, it's hard to forget the glory days. We loved this beer. And it still satisfies much the same as it once did. It pours a yellow to pale gold with a short-lived white head and little lacing. Some hop and malt sensed in smell and taste. Light-bodied, but less watery than many macro brews of the same ilk. Nice finish with some bitterness noted. Better than many macros, the quality is matched to the price.

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Photo of bmills1608
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Based on some good feedback about Stroh's from fellow BA's, I went out and got some.

Poured basically yellow with some gold in the core of the glass, white head, fizzy, pops itself away in seconds. Aroma was, believe it or not, just a little bit hoppy in an herbal kinda way.

Taste was light, slightly bitter at first, followed by a touch of sweet grain. Adjunct taste was not really evident in this beer. Super fizzy mouthfeel which I really did not care for bulldozed itself into the mix. Overall impression of this beer compared to its other macro buddies - A little more hoppier then average, a bit more bitter then most, more carbonation then some, very light in body. Hop heads could dig this beer I suppose, definitely leans more towards bitter then sweet. However, for me, I think I will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of yen157
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Coarse white head that quickly faded into the straw colored brew leaving a whispy ring. Some pale malt and grain aroma with only a minute hint of hops. Pleasant and surprising pale malt flavor gave this beer a tasty, adjunct-free flavor. The hops contributed to the bitterness and flavor a little, but in a non-descript kind of way. The beer also had decent body, but the carbonation was way too spritzy and club soda-like. This beer certainly got better when it warmed a bit. The malt flavor came out more as did the hops.

Very clean tasting. Without a doubt this was a bargain. It was flavorful and only $7.50 for a 15pk. Great for the style.

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Photo of aaronh
2.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a sligthly darker gold than many macro beers. The bright white, modest head quickly fades away. The aroma is faint and grainy. The taste has a touch of sweetness, with a light malt taste and some bitterness in the finish. A touch of lemon also slides in. The mouthfeel is harsh, with excessive carbonation. The drinkability: well it's drinkable, but not by much. Unlike most macors, it actually inproves a bit as it warms a little. However, the five that I have left may well be my last. For a cheap everyday beer, I'll stick to Rock and Amber Bock. VENOM and proc can have the Stroh's.

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Photo of budgood1
2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

if i remember correctly, this beer was one of the first to offer "30 packs". not only was it's selling point being "fire brewed", the advertising of the late 80's was "you get more beer". that was all we needed to hear and this was consumed in great quantity. well on to modern times....

stroh's pours out a clear pale light golden color. a big fizzy head works its way up and dies to nothing in record time. no lace and somewhat light carbonation. it does have a pleasant grassy, grainy and light malty aroma with a just hint of hoppiness. sort of a light, but rough taste. pretty grainy with more grassy flavors. medium-light bodied, not real sweet, but dry. no real adjunct obnoxiousness. a little spritzy in the finish. i can see why some macro swillers would be turned off by the "dirty" tastes in this lager. this is a macro with some flavors to think about and has some refreshing qualities too. a step below high life and PBR, but a step above old mil, and coors. more flavor than bud and MGD.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I think this beer's claim to fame was that it was "America's Fire Brewed Beer." Supposedly direct heat was applied to the coppers when brewing. Nowadays, with the numerous corporate takeovers, there is no more fire-brewing and the can simply says "America's Premium Brewed Beer." Anyway, this is one of the classics, and for a cheap beer, it actually does the job quite nicely.

Stroh's pours a light straw color that is clear and has quite active carbonation. It formed a decent but fizzy white head, that for the most part dissipated, but left a little bit of lace. The smell was sugary sweet at first, but then some grains and some lemony hops were detected. Some grain husk in that aroma too. The mouthfeel is light as expected from a mass-produced American brew, but it is a little smoother than major brands. The taste is a mixture of grain, malt and husks. The can claims it brewed with only the best hops, water, etc. and makes no mention of adjuncts, but I thought the taste was slightly adjuncty. I could actually taste some hops in this beer, with lemon and grassy notes coming to mind. There is a good amount of dryness in the finish. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, mixed with some grain and husks. The DMS cooked veggie taste is mild but becomes more noticible after some time passes. The beer finishes with a little bit of alcoholic warmth.

Stroh's is a cheap beer that doesn't taste too cheap. Better than the Big 3, and infinitely better than their sub-premium brands. Has good flavor and is very drinkable. I would drink this again if I had to.

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Photo of jackndan
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stroh’s Fire Brewed Beer: I am more than a little surprised at the low rank this beer has. It is hands down better than the vast run of American macro-lagers, and in fact, is better than most of the skunked out euro-lagers. The beer is slightly darker than most of its ilk, and I think it has a unique taste that certainly plays down whatever adjuncts it may have (I’ve heard it has none, but I find that hard to believe). Cripes, in a thirty pack, this beer is well nigh unbeatable, except for its stable mate PBR.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.65/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My college favorite. Always on sale, in the 16oz. I could drink this all night, and pay all day the next day on the throne. It gives you the worst case of gas/diheara. It tastes cheap, barely any hops or malt. Best served cold.

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Photo of allboutbierge
2.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a below average beer but at way below average prices. This beer goes along with the law 'you get what you pay for' and in the case of stroh's you're not paying much so one shouldn't expect much either. In the cheap beer category its my third or fourth choice (PBR is MUCH better). Has a slight hoppiness to it but much stronger in the malt department. I can see how someone might like this beer but not how they could enjoy it. It has no appeal other than a cheap way of getting loaded.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahh... the beer of our fathers. This is a decent beer and beats the coors lights and buds hands down. This has a golden color with decent head and fairly good retention. The nose is slightly malty and a hint of hops. There is a reasonable malt taste and little taste of adjuncts (they're there but not overwhelming). Not a great beer, barely a good beer, but not too bad. At the local hick bar, I'll take this over the usual swill.

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Photo of ZAP
1.82/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Legend has it one of my uncles used to kick back a 30-pack of this every night...one of the freshest and most flavorfull beers I ever had was one in the brewery bar in St. Paul in the mid-to-late 80's...picked up a 15-pack for kicks the other day and thought I'd drop in a review..This has a bit more taste than most macro's but it has a bite to it as well that most macro beer drinkers don't care for...If you try real hard you can get a tich of a caramel flavor....not sure what the fire-brewing does or even if they do it anymore now that Pabst brews it..Overall, its a nice changeup for the every day American lagers available but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of proc
3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-rate: 1/18/03: Hands-down my favorite, cheapie, macro-type beer. There is actual taste to this one. Pours out to a darker than usual gold for this style with a light aroma of grain. Taste is very refreshing and their is some actual hop and malt taste, albeit light, here. A staple of my 'fridge, next to Bell's Stout/Two-Hearted/Oberon.

12-14-01: When this beer was made in Detroit, it was hands-down better than other U.S. macros. When production shifted out of state, the taste suffered. Pabst has done a decent job of reviving it in recent years, but it is still a notch below what it was years ago. I still have a soft spot for this beer, but it isn't as widely available as it used to be. Good old Detroit Strohs was a very good American Lager.

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Photo of John
2.06/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Somehow this stuff showed up at the hotel bar of the Hyatt in New Delhi of all places while I was there awhile back. I thought, wow, I can't really think of many beers which would've been a poorer representation of American beer. I chose the Indian beer. This stuff is a quarter notch above the typical mass produced swill.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the lake beer of choice. Moderate body with a bit of hops (a surprise in a macro). Finish is clean without astringency. No overwhelming corn or rice notes, again a surpise in a macro. One of the better mega beers - best ice cold from the cooler.

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Stroh's from Pabst Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.